Mediterranean Cycopaths

So over Hangovers

5th May 2007

Cycling with a hangover is not all bad.

As our bodies have difficulty distinguishing between 2 sources of pain, a bit of cycling superimposed on a severe hangover does little to exacerbate the discomfort already derived from the previous nights excesses. That is, if you’re hurting already, you might as well try and get yourself, your bike and your kit over a few undulations – or so the theory goes… The inevitable slower pace also gives you plenty of time to reflect upon (and regret) the wisdom of consuming all those G&T freepours. And of provoking bouncers whose door policy you disagree with.

But it (cycling with a hangover) is mostly bad.

Your head pounds; your stomach churns; your legs ache; your body sweats pure gin. Lifting your chin too fast causes giddy spells that threaten to knock you over.  Unlocking the bike has been tough this morning you think as you dread actually having to cycle the thing. You’re grateful at least that todays stage is a short one of 107km – less grateful however that it meanders over some pretty serious slabs of rock in the Croatian and Slovenian highlands. Less grateful as well that after 3 days of getting drenched in all variety of manners (rainstorm, thunderstorm, hailstorm), the day your body is screaming out for any kind of moisture the rains are holding off. Routine tasks such as replacing a slipped chain become highly complex procedures – similar in the challenge they pose to disarming a nuclear warhead with a paperclip. Or authoring a choose-your-own-adventure blog for that matter.

Anyhow, better get moving you think, as you raise your weary body from its contemplative perch – if you waste anymore time you’ll be in danger of missing the first round in Ljubljana!

Everything in moderation, including moderation.



May 14, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Cycling with a hangover has gotta be better than cycling whilst drunk though?!
    Do you remember the incident involving the footy sheds, a bike, and a whole lotta blood?
    Having said that, I don’t envy you at all, a supreme effort well done!

    Comment by Josh | May 15, 2007 | Reply

  2. hey you !! I don’t know when will you read this comment ( if you will ) hope you still remember me: the tunisian girl you met in Nice with the canadians. I don’t know if you’ll be in Marseille or Aix-En-Provence when you’ll be to Spain, I would love see you again, you have my mail, if you want, I can do your guide for a part of this region 🙂
    ah !! another thing !! I read that you’ve not had any big party in Tunisian !! it’s horrible !! 🙂 I think it’s because you didn’t stay enough in Hammamet or Sousse, because Sfax, Gabes or tunis center are not done for big party, you have to know where to go to!! well, in Tunis try to go to Gammarth, you’ll find tens of clubs there, you can party till the morning light, with beach parties, good music and the real tunisian “partiers” ( but there will be no tourists like you :p )!!! I think you’ll need to party then once you finish your big trip 😉 😉
    I’ll explain you better if we meet in ” la provence ” or by mail if i get yours !!

    Comment by wafa | May 22, 2007 | Reply

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